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Higher taxes have domino effect as people cut back on spending

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 9:54 am Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 11:15 am

 

To The Herald-Whig:

My dry cleaner has probably noticed that I have not been bringing my work shirts in for laundering since the beginning of the year. This change wasn't personal, as the service provided to my family for many years has been outstanding.

Most wage earners have probably realized by now that despite assurances from our government that they would not raise taxes on the middle class, we all received about a 3.5 percent reduction in our paychecks this year. This 3.5 percent increase coming from increased contributions to federal and state taxes as well as an increase to my health insurance due to Obamacare.

Since I do not have the same ability as our politicians to vote myself a raise, this means that my family has been forced to make certain cuts to the household budget in order to maintain a balanced budget, something else foreign to our politicians. It is with regret that our family chose to cut out dry cleaning as this impacts the least of my family members. I know that this will result in a further cut in the dry cleaner's income and will result in that business paying the government less in taxation and sales taxes, creating a domino effect, but I have no choice in the matter.

If this letter offends anyone in any way, they should feel free to share this correspondence with their state representative.

 

Hugh K. Roderick

Quincy

 

 

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